Kevin Currin is having a great season in the Virginia State Police’s Hornets HEAT (Help Eliminate Auto Theft) division at South Boston Speedway.
The two-time division champion has won two of the last three races, won three of his six starts for the season and recorded six top-five finishes. He sits third in the division points standings entering the Virginia State Police HEAT Hornets Division 20-lap race that will be part of Billy’s A/C Service Night event on Saturday night, July 16 at South Boston Speedway.
Currin is seven points behind second-placed driver Steven Layne and 14 points behind division leader Jason DeCarlo, despite having raced one less race than the top two drivers.
A mechanical failure prevented Currin from being able to start the April 2 event, leaving him with no points for that event. Since that time, Currin has fought hard to get back into contention for the title.
With four races remaining in the season for the division, including Billy’s A/C Service Night event on Saturday night July 16, Currin isn’t ready to give up on his hopes of winning a third championship.
“We’re going to scratch and do what we can do,” Currin remarked. “We are not giving up. We will continue to fight. Probably the only way we know we have a chance (at the championship) is if Jason (DeCarlo) and Steven (Layne) have a bad night. This race where we didn’t score any points really hurt us.
Not only did this mechanical failure hurt Currin’s chances of winning a third championship, but it also broke a streak he was very proud of.
“That race where the car wouldn’t start really killed us,” Currin said. “I had started every race in the Hornets division here at South Boston Speedway up to this point. This race kind of took us down, but we didn’t give up.
Despite this unfortunate circumstance, Currin feels good about his season.
“We’ve had a really good season,” Currin noted. “Considering the three wins and the first three places we had, it was good.”
The Chase City, Va. resident has generally been strong in the second half of a season. It shows this season with his two wins in his last three starts.
“I think I like a hot, greasy track compared to the start of the season when everything is cool,” Currin remarked with a smile. “I guess that’s just more my style.”
With good momentum behind him, Currin feels he can win more races before the end of the season.
“I hope to get at least one or two more wins before the end of the season,” Currin said. “The biggest thing we can do now is go for the wins and see how the points fall.”
A six-race card is scheduled for Billy’s A/C Service Night event on July 16 at South Boston Speedway. Two 50-lap races for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division are the headliners of the evening. A 50-lap race is scheduled for the Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division, twin 15-lap races are scheduled for the Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division, and a 20-lap race is scheduled for the State Police HEAT Hornets Division. Virginia.
The grandstand doors will open at 5:30 p.m., qualifying will begin at 6 p.m. and the first race of the night will be green-flagged at 7 p.m.
Advance adult general admission tickets for the event are $10 each and can be purchased online at South Boston Speedway’s website, www.southbostonspeedway.com, through Friday night the 15th. July. Advance tickets can also be purchased by calling the speedway office at 434-572-4947 or toll-free at 1-877-440-1540 during regular business hours.
Tickets at the door on race night will cost $15 each. Seniors 65 and older, military, healthcare workers and students (with ID) can purchase tickets for $10 each at the door on race night.
The latest updates and news for fans and competitors can be found on the speedway’s website, southbostonspeedway.com, and on the track’s social media channels. Information can also be obtained by calling the highway at 434-572-4947 or toll-free at 1-877-440-1540 during regular business hours.